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Do SSRIs cause drowsiness for you?
 

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Is it prescribed for anything other than ADD / ADHD?
Adderall, and other amphetamines, are also prescribed for narcolepsy, so just nod off while your doc is yapping if you want it I guess.

Amphetamines may also be used to treat depression that fails to respond to conventional drugs. That's certainly not a common use, but it is done in some cases.

As for Remeron, that drug is infamous for two side effects: making patients fat & sleepy. The positive that it has going for it is that it's one of the very rare ADs that doesn't have sexual side effects. The only other ADs that can say that are Wellbutrin & Serzone (though Serzone may kill you with liver failure).
 

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Pretending to nod off would be too difficult to pull off convincingly, haha. But I am going to tell my doc. that the remeron is making me sleep 10-12 hours a day (true) and I cannot afford to do this due to school (true). Is this enough for the doc. to prescribe me a stimulant? He is actually an addiction treatment specialist and is very conservative from what I can tell. He refused benzos on the grounds they are too addicting.
ps. I don't drink/smoke/do drugs. He is a random doc. I chose from my school directory, just my luck that he turned out to be an addiction treatment specialist.
 

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just my luck that he turned out to be an addiction treatment specialist.
I just did some internet searching on my psychiatrist and I find that he's into addiction too with the following credentials:

Board Certifications:
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
American Board of Psychiatry/Neurology-Child Psych
American Society of Addiction Medicine
And this is the guy who has been giving me 10 mg of Xanax daily for several years.
 

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My doc's sagely advice when I first met him,
"Essentially, it was to learn to relax your anal sphincter." well, gee thanks doc. that's been of great help. Why did I pay 50$ for this and a medication (remeron, cost $70) which is basically a sleep aid? The medication has caused my grades to plummet but that's another issue.
I don't know why he treats me like a doofus, I am in the honor society of my medical school, I know my ****.
Sorry for being bitter, I have been through very rough times the last few weeks.
 

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Meds that don't cause drowsiness

Prozac was very stimulating for me. I had so much energy and motivation. I didn't have any problems falling asleep and I also didn't have any problems waking up. I was only sleeping 7 or 8 hours a night and feeling fine. I would hop right out of bed and make a "to do" list and then start in on it and not stop until it was done. Unfortunately it didn't help with my SA so I quit taking it. Now I am taking Zoloft. I kind of wish I was still taking the Prozac though as I am in still in bed now with no motivation what so ever to get out and get things done. Even though I have a TON of things I need to do today.

This is sooo frustrating............ All I want is for the stuttering to go away, the depression to go away. AND to not have to spend all day in bed because I am so drowsy.

Thankfully I am going to go see a PD Wednesday.
 

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Effexor maybe?

Provigil is a stimulant that you could possibly take in combination with another drowsy-inducing drug. It has helped me a little in combination with celexa. I have taken it with wellbutrin, but wellbutrin is better for depression than for anxiety (actually wellbutrin can worsen anxiety) I'm on a tangent.

Provigil and Effexor is on the top of my head.
 

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If you take a higher does of Remeron (about 45mg) you will not find it so sedating. In fact, many people find it stimulating at this level. With the SSRIs, sedation is sometimes a starting side effect that decreases after a few weeks.
 

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Wow! Thanks! That was so kind of you to send that to me. I just applied for it:)
You are welcome!

Effexor maybe?

Provigil is a stimulant that you could possibly take in combination with another drowsy-inducing drug. It has helped me a little in combination with celexa. I have taken it with wellbutrin, but wellbutrin is better for depression than for anxiety (actually wellbutrin can worsen anxiety) I'm on a tangent.

Provigil and Effexor is on the top of my head.
Ok, I will mention these to the doc. Next time I see him.

If you take a higher does of Remeron (about 45mg) you will not find it so sedating. In fact, many people find it stimulating at this level. With the SSRIs, sedation is sometimes a starting side effect that decreases after a few weeks.
Yep, that is exactly what I was told. I tried it at 45mg for a few days, but it was still way too sedating. The effect may eventually go away but honestly, I don't want to risk a few weeks of sleeping 10-12 hours a day.. I am going to stick w the beta blockers for now.
 
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